Health & Fitness
Men's Health

Men's Health

November 2020

A lifestyle magazine dedicated to showing men the practical and positive actions that make their lives better, with articles covering fitness, relationships, nutrition, careers, grooming, travel and health issues.

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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
fun with polling

THE MEN’S HEALTH TWITTER POLL When the pandemic hit, so did the snack attacks—at least according to some new data we included in this month’s Snack Awards. We asked our social channels: “How have your snack habits changed during COVID-19?” Flip to page 46 to see how you compare with the national average. THIS MONTH IN THINGS YOU’RE PSYCHED ABOUT… WHAT’S THE G.O.A.T. THANSGIVING SIDE DISH? Based on 1,656 responses to @MensHealthMag THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME HAS NEW INDUCTEES THIS MONTH. WHO MOST DESERVES THE HONOR? Based on 756 responses to @MensHealthMag. READY PLAYER TWO, BY ERNEST CLINE, IS OUT THIS MONTH. WHICH OTHER SCI-FI BOOK WOULD YOU MOST WANT A BRAND-NEW SEQUEL TO? Based on 590 responses to @MensHealthMag.…

1 min.
five #challenges worth the sweat

THE PUSHUP #TOOSIECHALLENGE Drake’s “Toosie Slide” makes for the perfect blend of chest and core work. Focus your lower body on his “Right foot up, left foot slide, left foot up, right foot slide” refrain while keeping your abs tight, then hit pushup reps (and get creative with them!) during the verses. THE #DRAGONFLAG CHALLENGE It’s Bruce Lee’s classic core move, socialized. The goal: Hold the dragon flag (lie on your back, arms grabbing something behind your head; lift your legs and torso; and hold) as long as possible. The secret: Protect your back by squeezing not only your abs but also your glutes. THE #BOXCHALLENGE This is partner core mayhem. Lie on your back, arms straight, and hold their ankles. They grasp your ankles while in pushup position. You both fold into an L…

2 min.
how much b12 do you really need?

WHY B12 MATTERS Vitamin B12 is good for your brain and may help improve memory. But it also helps your red blood cells and nerves function, as well as assisting in the production of DNA, says Brian St. Pierre, R.D., C.S.C.S., director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition. Running a B12 deficit puts you in danger of fatigue, anemia, muscle weakness, and even symptoms of depression. HOW MUCH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS A mere 2.4 micrograms a day, which is actually the lowest daily recommended dose of any vitamin. “Vitamin B12 requirements are low because we can store up to 2,500 micrograms in the liver,” says Ryan D. Andrews, R.D., C.S.C.S., principal nutritionist at Precision Nutrition. WHAT WE RECOMMEND Just that: 2.4 micrograms a day. Granted, B12 is tough to track unless you…

1 min.
the long and stubborn history of the 40-hour workweek

1200 MAYBE 24/7, BUT YOU GOT ABOUT FIVE MONTHS OFF Thirteenth-century male serfs worked maybe 135 days per year for a wage. And yet you, the average American, worked about 234 days last year. (That’s right: Medieval peasants worked less than you do.) 1870 60 TO 80 HOURS PER WEEK During the industrial revolution, new factories churned nonstop, pushing the workweek to 60 to 80 hours until workers rebelled, struck, and unionized. For several decades, they protested, and the workweek shrank slowly. 1926 40 HOURS FOR SOME Henry Ford dropped his factory workers to 40 hours, and productivity rose while turnover and absenteeism declined. 1933 30 HOURS HAD A MOMENT The last time the American labor market frayed and unraveled like a rope end, the Senate passed a revolutionary bill calling for a 30-hour workweek. It was widely popular, but there…

5 min.
welcome to ihob * (*international house of bread. hold the syrup.)

REGARDLESS OF where you live in the world, there is nothing more fortifying, nothing more sustaining, than what is most often, at its foundation, a simple combination of water and flour. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my new book, In Bibi’s Kitchen, with my coauthor, Julia Turshen. We wanted to feature phenomenal breads from eight African and Middle Eastern countries—and we wanted to pull the recipes not from chefs but from kitchen experts who could outcook even the most highfalutin foodies: grandmas. Or, as they’re often referred to in their countries, bibis. What you’ll find here are three easy flatbreads—basically rolledout, flash-cooked dough. They’re so straightforward that they will have you thinking about bread in a whole new way. Which is actually a return to a very old—and very…

1 min.
the snack hall of fame

WONDERFUL PISTACHIOS, LIGHTLY SALTED They’re high in heart-healthy fats, but they’re also an unheralded source of protein. (Okay, and they go great with beer.) Per ½ cup (28g): 6g protein, 150 calories, 8g carbs (3g fiber), 13g fat EGGLAND’S BEST ORGANIC HARD COOKED PEELED EGGS Good eggs, cooked and peeled. You could chop them to make egg salad. Or just eat them straight out of the bag. Per egg (44g): 6g protein, 50 calories, 0g carbs, 4g fat WILD PLANET SARDINES IN WATER WITH SEA SALT Ounce for ounce, you will not find a higher-protein, higher-omega-3 snack anywhere—land or sea. All you need is a few crackers and a spritz of lemon. Per 85g tin: 18g protein, 140 calories, 0g carbs, 8g fat BABYBEL ORIGINAL CHEESE It’s Edam cheese, in all its rich and creamy glory, individually portioned. Simple. Excellent. Per…